We seek to understand how populations respond to natural and anthropogenic perturbations such as habitat destruction and degradation, disease outbreaks, and novel sources of mortality (e.g. wind turbines). We use a variety of quantitative approaches, including mark-recapture modeling techniques to estimate vital rates of bat species. Demography and population dynamics of bats are relatively poorly understood due to the logistical challenges of studying nocturnal, volant, cryptic and often wide-ranging animals.
Meynard, C.N., M. Soto-Gamboa, P.A. Heady, W.F. Frick. 2014. Bats of the Chilean temperate rainforest: patterns of landscape use in a mosaic of native forests, eucalyptus plantations and grasslands within a South American biodiversity hotspot. Biodiversity and Conservation 23: 1949-1963
Buchalski, M., J. Fontaine, P.A. Heady III, J.P. Hayes, and W.F. Frick. 2013. Bat response to differing fire severity in mixed-conifer forest California, USA. PLoS ONE 8(3): e57884.
Frick, W.F. 2013.Acoustic monitoring of bats, considerations of options for long-term monitoring. Therya 4(1): 69-78.
Frick, W.F., D.S. Reynolds, T.H. Kunz. 2010. Influence of climate and reproductive timing on demography of little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus). J. of Animal Ecology. 79: 128-136.
Frick, W.F., W.E Rainey, and E.D. Pierson. 2007. Potential effects of environmental contamination on Yuma myotis demography and population growth. Ecological Applications. 17(4): 1213-1222.
Kauffman, M.J., W.F. Frick, and J. Linthicum. 2003. Estimation of habitat-specific demography and population growth for peregrine falcons in California. Ecological Applications. 13(6): 1802-1816.